British Materials Handling Federation

Through its collaboration with the British Materials Handling Federation (BMHF) and other leading groups. SEMA is a key influence in the development of safety storage practice and this reach continues at both national and European levels.

British Materials Handling Federation

The British Materials Handling Federation (BMHF) constitutes the British National Committee of the Federation Européenne de la Manutention (FEM).

Membership of the British Materials Handling Federation (BMHF) is open to industry leading organisations and trade bodies who engage in the design, manufacture or supply of materials handling equipment.

The BMHF to encourage the extension of the use of materials handling equipment in all industries.  And to foster, the development of the materials handling industry in the interests of users and the national economy.

The BMHF comprises of six associations, including SEMA. The other five are: The Association of Loading and Elevating Equipment Manufacturers (ALEM); the Automated material Handling Systems Association (AMHSA); the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA); the Construction Equipment Association (CEA); and The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF).

Federation Européenne de la Manutention

Each BMHF Member Association can participate in the work of the Federation Européenne de la Manutention (FEM) section representing its market sector activities in Europe.

FEM is the European Materials Handling Federation which aims to co-ordinate the activities of the European materials handling industry, engaging in the design and manufacture of materials handling equipment.

Through its membership of the BMHF, SEMA is the UK National Committee Member of one of FEM’s five product groups; Racking and Shelving, which is responsible for deriving product standardisation.

Over the years, SEMA’s technical publications have heavily influenced the content of FEM’s technical library and there are numerous examples of SEMA innovation being selected and implemented more widely across Europe.

Our Code of Practice and SEMA Standards are available free.  Furthermore there are a variety of support materials that can be purchased.